Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Perlis on Magazine is having a sale on bridesmaids dresses. I finally parted with all of bridesmaids dresses because I swore I never would go to another ball again. Never say never, moms. Anyway, their dresses are 40% off, probably 50% off by now. I found a Thread dress (fancy New York designer) and love it. It doesn't even look like a bridesmaids dress. And free alterations for the length of the garment-meaning if you gain or lose weight they'll alter it for free. Can't beat that. Now don't get me wrong. A lot of them do look like bridesmaids dresses. But sometimes when you are in a bind you have to do some creative visualization.
Once again, I should have taken a picture. I bought some ravioli Gerber Graduates at Walmart today. Put them in front of him and he smiled from ear to ear. He thought it was a big toy. He touched the green beans for a few minutes, looked up, laughed and touched them some more. From experience, I thought for sure he would eventually begin eating them. So I went about cleaning up the kitchen, unpacked boxes and I looked over a few minutes later and he was washing his hands (a new trick he's learned) with ravioli. And then he rubbed his hands all over his head. Yum.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
And then she discovered the juicer. We were scared. Fearful that we would be on liquid diets of juice for the rest of our lives. But once we tasted the sweet nectar of apples, bananas, mangoes, lemons and oranges, and strawberries all juiced together (this was before we had pineapplebanana juices from Dole) we were hooked. So pretty much every afternoon mom would juice up some juice and she would pour us a small, okay more like a shot glass size, of juice to suck down in two seconds. We always wanted more but she was stingy. I didn't understand why. Until my parents went out of town. I had free range of the juicer. and I juiced the minute they stepped out the door. I juiced a whole big pitcher full of juice, skins and all. That's a lot of fruit. And I greedily drank it all myself. About 20 minutes later I understood the wisdom of Mom not giving us more as I headed towards the powder room
This brings me to last night. Friends came over for tacos. They hadn't seen the house so I told them to come on over for tacos out of a box. Nothing fancy. Jen asked what could she bring? How about Margaritas!? she said. I have this new juicer and can make them from fresh lime juice. Sounds great as I told her my last memory of juicing. So they show up with the juicer, a pretty large stainless steel contraption and a basket of fruit. So we drank lime, orange, mango margaritas. The juice was so sweet, so delicious. Don't worry, I was ever mindful of my realization back in highschool. I never thought about making cocktails with the juicer way back when. But now I want to get a juicer for only that reason. She says she brings the juicer everywhere. Her husband is getting sick of lugging it around but they were certainly the life of the party with their cocktail buffet. Everyone mixed their drinks according to what juice they were feeling like at the time. We drank Tequila. Frank opted for Vodka, I think. he says he had a bad experience with Tequila-haven't we all. And J reminded him that he had a bad experience with whatever he was drinking at Uncle Bob and Aunt Liz's wedding in Chi Town. But I'll save that story for another time.
Friday, January 26, 2007
I read this on Nola Blogger today and wanted to share.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
If we're 40 and still partying and hanging out like this, then... we're smart.
I laughed my butt off. Not sure if those were the exact words. I'll get back to you on that because I will certainly watch it again. For those of my fans who have never watched it and want to watch a bunch of cool surfer dudes "rage" check it out on MTV. It comes on right after the Real World on Wednesday nights but you can always catch it on a rerun during the week.
I know. It's sad that I'm a middle aged mom and I'm still watching this crap. But I LOVE IT!
"Gimmie Five!" was just so.... so, 'Haslett'!
"Gimmie One" on the other hand, is just so...so....well, see below!
and then he inserted this link
oh well, he really inserted another link which I can't pull up but he also included this link to Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam"
It's wierd, the similarities.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
"Uncle Bob" and "Aunt Liz" are two of our closest friends. Uncle Bob taught W how to "give me one". I am not really sure what it means or where it came from but W not only caught on pretty quickly but loves "giving one" to Aunt Liz and Uncle Bob. It's kind of their thing. It's especially funny to see the LB give UB one because UB's fingers are a gazillion times bigger than W's. Just so you can kind of get the effect here's a photo of W giving Aunt Liz one on Saint's Game Day last Sunday.
Monday, January 22, 2007
He had a busy weekend and a busy morning. We went to visit our friends who just moved back into their house in Lakeview. It's nice to see progress going on our there. So we played for an hour before having to come home for a nap. Playing with other kids really poops him out.
So today is Monday and I've gotten a lot of organizing done around the house while the little buddy is sleeping. Even called about the fireplace screen that we need for the mammoth fireplace we have. Turns out it will have to be a custom order since it's so big. Ugh. Nothing is easy.
We're slowly getting settled. My goal is to have emptied out the old house by next Tuesday and get a cleaning service in there to clean so we can start showing it to sell. I will be very relieved when that is all in the past. I loved that place and there are definitely some things I will miss, especially the memories of the Little Buddy growing up over there. But I know there will be many fun new memories over here. I'm looking forward to it.
J and I ate at Crepe Nanou on Friday night. I have to say it and I hate saying it but it sucked. My fish was so charred I didn't even eat it. I feel like it's gone down since the storm-the quality of the food which makes me sad because it was always like going to a good cook's house for dinner. Nothing too fancy, but always good. This is like the 3rd meal in the past few months that I have not enjoyed there. The mussels were exceptionally good though. Of course I won't abandon it entirely but I will definitely take a break before going back.
This week coming up J has first pick on dinner destinations since he didn't get to choose where we went on his birthday. He thinks it's funny that I'll have to go to one of the restaurants that I cannot stand and he still thinks Nirvana is an option. It's not. I'll go anywhere else, but I cannot go there. If anyone can recommend another Indian restaurant that he may like I would love you forever.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I'm ready. I've got my Who Dat shirt on-a beautiful gold tank with black fleur de lis and many small rhinestones formed to look like a large fleur de lis over my left breast. My sister-in-law also was a kind enough Who Dat (that's how Who Dat's are, kind) to paint a black fleur de lis on my right cheek to offset the rhinestone fleur de lis.
Let's bow our heads and say a prayer for the boys in black and gold as they go forward on this NFC Championship day. May we be with them in all black and gold spirit if we are not able to be with them in body. WHOOOOO DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Here's the scoop.
They bought an historic mansion in the French Quarter.
The kids are going to the French Immersion School. Ange told me that the immersion schools in San Fran were very good and that's why they started looking into it in NOLA.
She wants to hang out with normal moms like herself who won't judge her for wearing a vial of blood around her neck... because that's normal. She laughed when I interjected that. She can be so funny in a self-deprecating sort of way. Anyway, there's the skinny if you haven't heard it already.
W fell asleep in his crib sitting up today. I should have taken a picture. Next time.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
W is still getting used to everything too. He is my shadow. He follows me everywhere from one corner of a room to another and he is still getting used to the threshholds and is tripping more often than usual. He kind of looks like a raggamuffin with all of his dings on his head. Poor Little Buddy, he really has been a trooper.
My favorite part about the move is that I have quickly taught W that my shoe cubby holes (that I have talked about in previous posts) are a no no. I knew it was going to be an issue since they are at his level and the minute he saw them he promptly began pulling out my shoes. It was socks at the old house and it used to drive me nuts. He would pull them out in the morning when I was taking a cat nap and J was watching him and and night when J got home and took the LB upstairs to change. J never seemed to care. They weren't his socks. So I nipped the shoe thing in the bud the minute it started. Now he goes straight for J's shoes. and J is so neat and tidy I know it's killing him. Even though his shoes are in cubby holes just like mine, they even look neater than mine. It's just the way he is. Instead of Beauty and the Geek, it's Sloppy and Tidy. Ha! Not so catchy, I guess. My saving grace is that I'm the primary caregiver and am able to encourage the messing up of Daddy's shoes over Mommy's shoes. Sorry J.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Then the theme song comes on and I am dancing around like a teenage girl-like we did everytime we waited for Michael Jackson's Thriller to come on ( back then I seem to remember the videos were scheduled. Do they even have videos anymore?) and I am so excited. I'll be back. Just needed to take a break from all the dancing (2nd work out of today) and put the chicken in the oven.
Monday, January 15, 2007
The house is a mess. I'm trying my best to get organized and I am determined for it to be. Before I buy anything new. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
I'll be in touch. I am sure with many new organizing websites to pass along to my fans.
Oh! and for stay at home moms out there, I am trying out a 6 week music class this week. I'll let you know if it's worth joining.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Anyway, I may not be posting until after the weekend. Cable will be hooked up tomorrow (J told me it was the single most important thing I had to do and it wasn't an easy feat, believe me. The pressure didn't help my emotional state any) But I have a feeling the computer won't be connected. So please don't panic or abandon me, fans. I have a post about JOY that I want to share so stay tuned. Now, I'm not saying that I won't be posting because I can from J's computer just want to give you a heads up just in case.
J was out of town last night. It was kind of fitting that I spent one of my last nights here by myself since I moved in here as a single girl. I sat in my big chair, drank some wine and read one of my journals that I am destroying. I laughed so hard. Ironically it was one from when I first moved in here. I wish I could keep it but I would be mortified if I died and anyone read it.
So I feel like we're starting a new chapter. Maybe I'll start a new journal-the kind that anyone can read.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
"Please be careful", I said.
So she said she wanted to stop by before they went to dinner. So I gave her directions to my house and worried the whole time that she wouldn't make it. My phone was ringing off the hook and I frantically cut each and every person off every time the other line clicked. and then I read Chris Rose's column, agreed totally and waited in fear for her to arrive in one piece.
When she got here she asked me if it was really so unsafe. I told her it had gotten pretty bad in the past few weeks. After she left I remembered when I brought my freshman roommate home from college. She was from Waco, Texas. We got here late on a Thursday, I think, and we were waiting for other friends' plane to arrive. We were bored so she suggested we got take a walk around the neighborhood. I laughed and said, "yeah, right. If you wanna get shot" Sad how some things never change.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Now, I always root for the little man. Especially since Katrina. But when prices vary so much I have to look to the internet sometimes. You can buy Keds on the Keds website for $10 cheaper than I have found anywhere. That's a big difference. But there is something to be said for Haase's. I will still buy them there despite the price difference because I am not yet confident in my ability to fit shoes to a toddler. And they are nice and been in the business a long time. But if you know your kid's size and can order them, I say go for it. Oh, and you can buy a pair of Toe Caps right now on ebay for $10, if you are really a bargain hunter.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I hope today was better than the last
although it wasn't too bad and went by pretty fast.
We woke up as usual and bundled up good
Took off for some hot coffee like we usually would.
We talked to the customers and and did a little dance
Gave everyone high five as if it was his last chance.
Once we got home I went Walmart
And W took a nap so that he could have a fresh start.
15 minutes after he went to sleep
The roofers came (who certainly aren’t cheap).
They woke up the little buddy with all of the banging such
I wanted to scream, "You think you’d be quieter since we’re paying you that much"
He drank some milk and ate a little food.
Until the time came for the desperately needed nap
He didn’t want to take it and put up a flap.
But he was a much happier kid when he finally woke up.
W looked at me like, “What’s for sup?”
So this day I thought I’d try something new
“I got Vienna Sausages! Just for you!”
He smeared them into a delicious paste
Another thing down the drain, what a waste.
So I tried some yogurt, he’ll always eat that.
He spit it out twice, like it would make him fat.
Here's your milk. You win, you win.
I won't give you Vienna sausages ever again.
I cooked dinner early and thought he would eat some peas
"What are you stupid?" W said, "Momma, please."
So the day was over and it was night night time
If I hadn’t started a “no wine” resolution the night would have been sublime.
Monday, January 01, 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Our New Year's dinner was pretty darn good. The coq au vin was better than I expected but terribly filling. Even J only had 2 thighs so I had plenty even after throwing away the over salted one. Liz made a delicious mocha chocolate swirl cake and it was deliciously decadent with the rose Champagne. If 2007 is half as "pretty" as that picture, it's going to be a good one.
W was in good spirits but would not take a photo with a party hat on his head so I settled for one at the table. He danced ALL night but hasn't yet figured out how to add the twirl at the end. He'll get it-what with all of his inherited rhythm.
Here's to a happy, healthy and joyful 2007!